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Early Education/Pre-K Programs

Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) is a voluntary preschool program that serves children ages 5 and under.

Your child will experience TEA curriculum with an emphasis on mindfulness, social-emotional development, and leadership skills. Our early education programs allow students to play, receive planned and spontaneous instruction, and grow in many aspects of development. These include social skills, emotional well-being, language and literacy skills, mathematics, and science concepts.

According to a study published by Raise Your Hand Texas, children who attend a preschool program were 54% more likely to be ready for kindergarten.

All Pre-K and Head Start children must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the year the child will be enrolled in. Head Start will consider enrollment for children who are 3 years old by September 1, with a Tyler ISD diagnosed disability. 

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All Teachers Have 4-Year Degrees

Not all daycare based Pre-K programs require teachers to be degreed and fully certified. We provide the best possible educational experience for your child. 

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Full-Day Programs

All programs offer full-day classes. You won't have to worry about pick-up in the middle of the day.

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TEA State Curriculum

Our Early Education programs teach Texas approved curriculum which prepares your child for kindergarten.

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Multiple Locations

No where else in Tyler can offer the flexibility and amount of locations for your convenient commute.

Which Program is Right for Your Child?

We made it easy to see what program you qualify for. Have questions? We are here to help. Schedule a parent meeting.

Compare Qualifications Below

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Head Start

  • Family meets or falls below the Federal Poverty Guidelines

  • Child is in foster care at the time of enrollment

  • The child’s family is experiencing homelessness

  • Family receives public financial assistance (TANF, SSI)

  • Children who will be 3 years of age by September 1 of the enrollment year may qualify with a Tyler ISD diagnosed disability

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Income-Based Pre-K

  • Family qualifies for Free/Reduced Lunch outlined by the USDA

  • Child is currently in or has ever been in conservatorship of the Texas DFPS 

  • Child’s family is experiencing homelessness

  • Child of Active Duty member of the US armed forces / or member killed on Active Duty

  • Qualifies for bilingual services based on testing through the Tyler ISD Bilingual Department

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Tuition Pre-K

  • Children who do not meet the income guidelines for Head Start or Income-Based Pre-K

  • Parents must agree to the program requirements and make payment to reserve a spot

  • Available at five Tyler ISD elementary campuses

  • Bilingual program accepts students from outside the Tyler ISD zone

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Registration Information

Registration opens each year on February 1. We advise interested families to begin the admissions process as early as possible, as classes quickly fill up.

For the Head Start and Pre-K departments to process your child’s application in a timely manner, ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS must be uploaded during the Online Registration Process. Please be sure to use CLEAR and FULL photographs of each document.

Please use the dropdown for the list of required documents for each specific program.

For Campus Name, choose "Tyler ISD Pre-K & Head Start" and then indicate your preferred campus on the appropriate form.

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Additional Services Offered

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Bilingual

Children whose home language is one other than English will be tested by the Tyler ISD Bilingual Department to determine eligibility and the best possible program placement for each child.

*Head Start and Income-Based Pre-K both offer bilingual classroom settings.

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Special Education

Children who are 3 years of age by September 1 of the enrollment year may qualify for Head Start if they have a Tyler ISD diagnosed disability (IEP) that specifies they meet the criteria to be in a General Education classroom setting. Families must still meet income guidelines to qualify for Income-Based Pre-K and Tuition-Based Pre-K.

Children who are 3 years of age or 4 years of age by September 1 of the enrollment year may qualify for one of the Special Education Early Education classroom settings if they meet the qualification criteria (half day or full day).

FAQs

Still Have Questions?

Click the button on the bottom right of the page to schedule a meeting with our admissions team.